July 14, 2014
By Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – UAW will be establishing a local affiliate in Chattanooga Tennessee with a voluntary structure. Plant workers can volunarily join this Chattanooga local. When a majority of plant workers become members, the UAW will request exclusive bargaining rights for the rest of the plant workers as well.
Almost six months have passed since workers rejected joining the union, 712-626. Almost 85 percent of the plant's 1,550 eligible employees voted. However, the UAW believes that there continues to be a strong base of support for unionizing the plant.
Its hoped that the Tennessee workers that have participated in prior UAW organizing drives will again actively be an important force in this new effort to establish a foothold in an anti-union state.
"We will be announcing a local, and we would fully expect that Volkswagen would deal with this local union if it represents a substantial portion of its employees," said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel.